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Cinema’s Neighborly Friend

It seems like a match made in heaven a shoe with its laces.

Mia Galuppo of The Hollywood Reporter has reported that America’s favorite everyman Tom Hanks is set to portray America’s favorite next door neighbor of yesteryear:

Mr. Rogers.

The film will be a biopic titled You Are My Friend. Interestingly, Tom Hanks played another affable American icon back in 2013 as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks co-starring the quick-witted Emma Thompson. Given Mr. Rogers’ sunny disposition that never appeared to set, what was he like beyond his polite TV persona?

Here’s a quick flashback, calming as always in front of the camera.

Where’s my sweater vest…?

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Posting Up Against Giants

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Steven Spielberg walk into a newsroom…

Journalism, not the shouting on cable news, is invaluable in a democracy. More specifically, the gritty, old-school reporting approach with pen marks galore, endless stacks of paper and the pursuit of revealing the greater truth to an “off-limits” story instead of merely getting there/yelling something inflammatory first is increasingly becoming a relic of the past.

And it’s in this pre-digital past that Steven Spielberg ventured into for a modern-day reflection. Plus, Mr. Spielberg was able to bring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep together for the first time for a major motion picture.

Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film The Post isn’t necessarily aiming to revitalize print journalism as much as it seems to be directed towards reigniting the spark of a thoughtful, determined American media.

Considering the times we live, in which news in the political, sports and entertainment spheres are indistinguishably blurred together and run and broadcasted by powerful insiders (former athletes, political operatives, and commentators on both sides, etc.), the question that lingers is, “Who can those on the outside trust?”

It is likely that The Post won’t comprehensively answer this critical question, but this film will transport audiences back to a time when there was information you knew and information you didn’t know. “Metrics” and “analytics” hadn’t yet become fancy synonyms for information. Journalists took a breath, focused and refocused a few times, went to work all day and night while framing a report in a context that far exceeded the words and margins of the said story.

Even when the story was (like in this film) larger-than-life and full of high-level risks and stakes for a nation asking important high-level questions.

The leaking of the Pentagon Papers had its fair share of controversy. It will be interesting to see how the legendary director chose to tell and frame historically significant events involving real people. Nonetheless, the Pentagon Papers and the Washington Post have received the top-shelf Spielbergian treatment in The Post that stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep set for theatrical release this Christmas.

And then set for ordering on Amazon several months later.

Happy Monday

So, very long (and frustrating) story short, airport cancellations aren’t fun.

Now that you, like me, have audibly said, “duh,” let me explain just a little bit of what I mean.

After a fun weekend in the heart of D.C. and the suburb of Potomac, MD, the plan was to fly out with family late today. Then the flight got delayed 10 minutes…20 minutes…2 hours…2 1/2 hours…3 hours…

and then, the airline finally declared the obvious:

The flight was officially cancelled, along with many, many others.

The issue wasn’t restricted to D.C. airports, however, as construction fumes in an aviation building in Virginia caused flight cancellations across the country. After hours of running through Plans A-Z, that one hotel room was finally discovered late into the night. And this experience (and others like it) provide us with few good options. However, in these cases, realizing the frustrating odds against us can be the first step towards realizing the best approach to the situation.

Tom Hanks for the win in The Terminal. 

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Life’s Big, Witty Pieces

We all love Tom Hanks.

Who doesn’t?

And we all love Colin Hanks (you see where I’m going with this) because he is, in many ways that are entirely conceivable, a younger version of Tom Hanks. Need proof? Then may I highly recommend the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces. Colin’s role on this CBS sitcom as Greg Short answers the question of whether Tom Hanks could make it on TV in 2017. By the way, that answer is a resounding YES. And if you like sitcoms with clever writing, funny actors and actresses, lots of heart and laugh-out-loud moments, then you need to watch Life in Pieces on Thursday nights.

Since today is Friday and the weekend is just about here, it seems fitting to have some fun and enjoy an interview in which the aforementioned funnyman Colin Hanks answers questions about his father Michael Keaton Tom Hanks.

The comedic apple did not fall far from the tree.

It’s probably safe to presume that the show runner for Life in Pieces likely cast Colin right away.